Call for Submissions
I am looking for Queer/Trans writers [everything from poetry to critical writing], musicians, photographers, DJ’s, artists, dancers, filmmakers, etcetc to interview/submit their work for the first issue. The finished product will be available online at issuu.com x where I’m uploading the mag for free download/reading. Each issue will be released on a irregular schedule. Just when I feel I have enough for an issue. I wanna keep it very loose and open so if you have anything just send it to email@example.com and we can chat. -Óscar
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(via Metro Manila Pride March)
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My food respect and adoration is a story from the cusps—being half white and half Pin@y; being raised poor, facing chronic homelessness, and now, being low-income and being disabled with an acquired disability. I’ve had to be downright imaginative about what I’ve had to nourish myself and my communities with.
Food for me is an unquestionably collective act. It’s beautiful. Learning politics has always been centered in pamilya and homies eating food, sharing recipes, and telling stories. My first political meetings and cultural work spaces, in all kinds of movement work, always guaranteed a delicious spread where everyone showed up to feed one another as a subconscious spiritual connection. I find that cultural awareness starts with food and art. I cannot build with a stranger if we bust out with internalized racism or systemic ableism off the bat. People unfortunately find it difficult and abrasive. However, start off with some cute appetizers, and soon enough we can talk about how our families made recipes from backyard gardens or reminisce about the first time we made something from scratch that felt like home.
In all the communities that I belong to, I notice that for me, there is a sense of isolation. I was queer and kicked out from my Pin@y family. After that, the only true treaty I had with my (Northern) Pino@y family was over food. We could crack some crab legs, dip the meat in suka, and laugh over handfuls of rice. It’s the body memory of food that I am in love with. Sure, I’m romanticizing, but bear with me. With the right slices of green mango, the sizzling of garlic in a pan, and the waft of bagoong, I can remember aspects of my childhood and my lineage that even photographs can’t compete with. We all correlate foods to people, and it’s so distinct. We turn to food and have an intense relationship with it, whether we were raised in fatphobic shame of portion control or raised to not eat certain foods in white American settings because they were considered pungent. I want to undo those scripts for myself and for the people I love. If it’s within my means, people who come to my home will always be fed.
I do notice that in food justice and culinary arts, sexuality and gender—as well as disability—are practically invisible. Once I was disabled, it became clear to me that as a trans brown guy I had very little control over systems like the medical-industrial complex or legal court systems. Those impact my daily survival, where self-determination is an ongoing battle. I realized I’ve been taught as a poor kid to be creative with my resources and feed myself in ways that need to happen. A human has got to eat, no matter their hustle. When I have the access or ability to enjoy delicious food, it’s sort of a celebration (in my mouth!) that feels like each time I’m able to be blessed with a meal, I’m not just surviving, I’m reveling. I revel in the relationship the food has to land, to those who grew it, to the very process the food shifts to the table. — A Q&A with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Food From the Cusps (via pag-asaharibon)
If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings. —
Remembering the unvarnished truth of Mandela’s words means refusing to let anybody sanitize his legacy. As the United States attempts to piggyback on Mandela’s revolutionary spirit, never forget that it was the CIA who helped jail him for 28 years. His sentiments toward our imperialist government reflect what our government remorselessly tries to keep we citizens from seeing, that indeed ”…the United States now feels that they are the only superpower in the world and they can do what they like" regardless of who we harm in the process.
Here are a few more quotes we are unlikely to see in the mainstream press:
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
"A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favor. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens."
It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
“No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.”
"If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers."
(Read more courtesy of Common Dreams here)
(Source: america-wakiewakie, via digitalarchipelago)
…euro-americans in the United States can’t talk about Gaza, because
we can’t talk about Israel. Because we can’t talk about the fact that
the world is not suffering from a Israeli/Palestinian conflict, but
that the world is suffering from the fact that Europe has never been
able to deal with it’s ‘Jewish Question’ without some sort of intense
barbarity and horror from the Inquisition to the Holocaust. And that
Europe ‘solved’ the problem by supporting the radical, terrorist,
extremist Zionists and their mad plan to resettle the ‘homeland.’ We
can’t talk about Israel because we can’t talk about Wounded Knee.
Because we can’t talk about Sand Creek or Carlisle ‘Boarding School.’
Because we can’t talk about forced sterilization or small pox blankets
or Kit Carson and his scorched earth policy in the Southwest. Because
we have Andrew Jackson on our twenty dollar bill. Because we are one
huge settlement on stolen land. We can’t talk about Israel because we
are Israel. — Winona LaDuke (via y-x-u)
Is it possible that the burden or obstacle we seek liberation from is the very thing that will help us to wake up? — The Dharma of Black Feminism: Zenju Earthlyn Manuel on bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry – Buddhist Peace Fellowship / Turning Wheel Media
we may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality….the future is queerness’ domain. queerness is a structuring and educated mode of desiring that allows us to see the future beyond the quagmire of the present….we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds….queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world. — josé esteban muñoz, ultimate dreamer, 1967-2013, in cruising utopia (via karaj)